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 •  April 16

THE TOOLS CORNER – For the second article in our new series, the author offers a guide to the origins and use of one of lean's most important tools: SMED. Words: Michael Ballé, lean author, executive coach and co-founder of Institut Lean France. Main photo courtesy of Alliance-MIM WHAT IS IT? Smed is a method for dramatically cutting tool...

Planet Lean

 •  April 13

FEATURE – Sometimes all you need to change minds is a successful experiment. This is how a Norwegian furniture manufacturer managed to transform the way it thinks about its sofa production. Words:Eivind Reke, Organizational Secretary, LOS Norgeand Marcin Gaarden, Improvement Coordinator, Ekornes The manufacture of furniture has been present in the...

Planet Lean

 •  April 11

BUILDING BRIDGES – This month, a CTO explains how his software company borrowed the kaizen spirit – and the idea of a dojo – from an avionics factory and put it to good use. Words: Woody Rousseau, CTO and co-founder of Sipios When I co-founded Sipios at the end of 2017, we were lucky to start with a small but amazing technical team, working right...

Planet Lean

 •  April 5

FEATURE – How reading lean books empowered people and transformed the managerial culture at an industrial bakery in the Western Cape Winelands in South Africa. Words: Stephan Drees, Operations Manager, Nibbly Bits, with Norman Faull, Chairman, Lean Institute Africa It wasn’t that long ago – less than three years, in fact – that the shopfloor staff...

Planet Lean

 •  March 30

FEATURE – This article (and video) explains how Michigan Medicine applied lean product and process development tools and methods to their clinical processes. A powerful experiment. Words: Jim Morgan, Senior Advisor, Lean Product Development at Lean Enterprise Institute “Let’s run an experiment.” Exactly the response you would expect from a lean...

Planet Lean

 •  March 28

FEATURE – Is the traditional teaching model used in our schools obsolete? A high school in Italy has been experimenting with lean thinking and Scrum applied to students’ learning, and the results have been enlightening. Words: Giuseppe Acquasaliente, lean coach, Istituto Lean Management - Italy Education systems around the world are under mounting...

Planet Lean

 •  March 22

NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – This month, the author meets a group of business leaders consistently breaking new ground in their exploration of the relationship between IT and sustainability by using a kaizen-like approach. Words: Catherine Chabiron, lean coach and member of Institut Lean France People come in one at a time. Even though many of them are...

Planet Lean

 •  March 20

A Kanban is originally a signboard, usually printed cards in plastic cases. Every box of items that flows through a lean pull system carries its own Kanban card. Kanban come off of items that have been used or transported, and go back, as orders for additional items, to the preceding process...

Planet Lean

 •  March 14

FEATURE – Last year’s shut-down of Toyota’s Altona plant in Australia moved us all. Here, the former Divisional Manager of Manufacturing offers a first-hand account of how the company made the most of a terrible situation. Words: Doug Rickarby, former Divisional Manager of Manufacturing at Toyota Australia On February 10th, 2014, the President of...

Planet Lean

 •  March 12

FEATURE – CEOs need to see people as assets and transform their companies’ product development systems if they are to tap into the full potential of a lean strategy. Words: Orry Fiume, former VP of Finance and Administration and Director at The Wiremold Company and co-author of The Lean Strategy. Even before The Wiremold Company was featured in...